Do you find yourself reaching for the potato chips, candy bars or other unhealthy snacks when you’re stressed out? Stress releases certain types of chemicals in the body that increase cravings for sugars and starch which means you are more likely to turn to comfort foods to feel good again.
So the next time you’re feeling under pressure, under the weather, or just too close to that breaking point, we suggest munching on these stress-free foods to help pull you back into the game.
A German study in Psychopharmacology found that vitamin C helps reduce stress and return blood pressure and cortisol to normal levels after a stressful situation. Vitamin C is also well-known for boosting your immune system.
Turkey contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan. This amino acid triggers the release of serotonin, which is a feel-good brain chemical. This is the reason why many people who eat turkey feel relaxed, or even tired, after eating it. L-Tryptophan has a documented calming effect.
One cup of spinach provides 40 percent of your daily needs for magnesium and a lack of magnesium can cause migraine headaches and a feeling of fatigue.
Sweet potatoes can be particularly stress-reducing because they can satisfy the urge you get for carbohydrates and sweets when you are under a great deal of stress. They are packed full of beta-carotene and other vitamins, and the fiber helps your body process carbohydrates in a slow and steady manner.
Apricots are rich in magnesium which is a stress reducer as well as a natural muscle relaxant.
Almonds, Pistachios & Walnuts
Almonds are packed with B and E vitamins, which help boost your immune system and walnuts and pistachios help lower blood pressure.
Broccoli, kale, and other dark green vegetables are powerhouses of vitamins that help replenish our bodies in times of stress.
The next time you are stressed out and craving something sweet or greasy, reach for one of the foods above instead. Eating these foods can help ease your stress making you less susceptible to unhealthy food cravings.